In December we brought you the first look at I Love You Phillip Morris, the flick that has Jim Carrey making out with cell mate Ewan McGregor. In January we brought you the rave reviewers Phillip Morris was receiving from its preview at Sudance, thanks to Carrey’s touching turn as a man who finds out later in life that not only is he gay, but he makes a great con artist. And then came February, and now March, and a funny thing has happened en route: I Love You Phillip Morris is still without a buyer. And it may forever stay that way.
Because producers, having tried to line up distribution for the past four weeks, have taken Phillips Morris off the market.
But it’s not just Carrey and McGregor’s vehicle that’s been sidelined, but other festival favorites including Paper Heart (starring Michael Cera), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (from the recently dead David Foster Wallace), and The Greatest (starring Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon) have all gone unsold, reports The Wrap.
But if audiences and critics loved Phillip Morris, why is it still unsold? Because distributors in a position to make an offer say they just can’t figure out who the paying movie-going audience will be to deliver a return on their investment. “According to producer Andrew Lazar, it is no longer on the market and the production company plans to announce a theatrical deal ‘very soon.’ But during the festival, the filmmakers said they intended to continue editing the film — turning its premiere into a de facto work-in-progress screening — so it remains unclear how the newer version will play. “